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Poulenc: Gloria For Soprano, Mixed Chorus And Orchestra; Concerto For Organ, Strings And Timpani In G Minor; Concert Champetre For Harpsichord And Orchestra
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Poulenc: Gloria For Soprano, Mixed Chorus And Orchestra; Concerto For Organ, Strings And Timpani In G Minor; Concert Champetre For Harpsichord And Orchestra

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  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:11:09
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  • ASIN: B001N29HYY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. S. CROWE TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb 2013
Format: Audio CD
I will confess at the outset that I do not think that Ozawa's tenure of the Boston Symphony Music Directorship was a particularly exalted one.
I respond to very few of his interpretations of late 19th /early 20th century romantic works, which in hs hands almost invariably ended in sluggish, flaccid thickly textured recordings, especially those recorded by Philips, and unfortunately he recorded a LOT of music from this period. I cannot listen to his Mahler or Strauss for example, though I confess that I greatly enjoy his live Berlioz Requiem on RCA. However, he was much better attuned to more modern music, and this re-mastered DG release is nothing short of a complete triumph.
For those unfamiliar with the music of Poulenc, he was something of a chameleon in style varying from the sexy impishness of "Les Biches" to the genuine devotional aspects of works like the Gloria. His music is tonal and full of melody, and this disc gives a wonderful insight into his varied output.
The Gloria is magnificent-the opening ripe brass fanfares set the tone, and Ozawa drives the opening with terrific skill, with just the right tempo and rhythmic exaggerations. The choir is superb, very well balanced, and sings with radiant tone and clear diction. Where this version scores so highly is in the participation of Kathleen Battle in the soprano part. Her renderings of the Domine Deus and the Agnus Die are so ethereally beautiful that they leave me holding my breath throughout so as not to break the spell. They are so beautiful that they are actually very sexy, not at all the intent I'm sure, and probably damning me to yet more decades in Purgatory for the very suggestion!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lestroismains on 11 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm reviewing the concerto champetre. Trevor Pinnock shows he is a master of music, and not just baroque music. His playing is full of joy and understanding. I must mention the orchestra (Boston Symphony) and conductor (Seiji Ozawa) are brilliant, in full sync with his playing. This is especially noticable during the many echo passages and abrupt changing of tempo in the first movement. He works very well with the orchestra and technically, his playing is flawless. Considering this is a live recording (from 1992), that is even more impressive than usual. He plays a 3-manual harpsichord (a copy of a very late 18th century one) which may seem a bit odd considering this was written for the 'revival' harpsichord, but it has all the stops and range required, and it sounds good, so why not? Admittedly the sound of the harpsichord is drowned out by the orchestra at times, and becomes very percussive, but that is inevitable. Trevor Pinnock apparently used to play more of these modern concertos, but his work with the English Concert and the historical-performance field took up all his time. Despite this, he did record one other modern harpsichord concerto - Walter Leigh's Concertino for harpsichord and strings with Nicholas Braithwaite and the London Philharmonic Orchestra - a lovely miniature piece, tonal and very delightful with plenty of harpsichord solo and good balance with the orchestra. That was only ever released on LP (Lyrita) in 1985 or so and quite hard to find.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Glorious Gloria! A Fine Poulenc Sampler 4 Aug 2004
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) was one of the most lovable and accessible composers of the 20th century. He worked in a stylistic melange that was strikingly original: a quirky blend of Stravinskian neoclassicism, the residue of French Impressionism, and even unmistakable hints of French vaudeville and popular song. His tone was remarkably wide, encompassing both Parisian wit and gaity and elevated religious feeling. Much as he may have worked from other models, his music always sounds unmistakably his own and quintessentially French.

This compilation CD provides a fine sampler of Poulenc's work. What a splendid performance of the GLORIA! Osawa favors more brisk tempos, and reveals all the vibrancy of Poulenc's orchestral colors, the vitality of his rhythms, and the piquancy of his harmonies. The first two movements are sensational in their vigor and clarity, and there are some lovely solo contributions from Kathleen Battle in movements 3, 5, and 6. The fantasia-like Organ Concerto (1938), another of Poulenc's masterpieces, is given a gripping and multi-faceted reading by Simon Preston and the BSO. The multi-movement concerto builds inexorably from the terrifying grandeur of the opening, through the many spirited episodes, to the touching conclusion. Organ and strings are well-balanced, creating a glorious massed sound in the climactic moments. The collage-like CONCERT CHAMPETRE (1928) for harpsichord and orchestra is less serious in intent or well-integrated than Poulenc's later works, though it is still a lot of fun with its free-associative silliness and absurdism. (Still, I would have preferred to hear the Double Piano Concerto on this disc.) Poulenc said "Do not analyze my music, just love it". This CD will help you do just that.
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